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Bangladesh: 90% of garment workers to receive digital wages by 2021

Author: Correspondent, The Daily Star, Published on: 20 November 2019

"Digital wage for 90pc garment workers by 2021", 21 November 2019

Ninety percent garment workers will be brought under the digital wage system by 2021 as part of the government push to build a cashless society.

The Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is gradually bringing the workers under the cashless payment system.

At present, 1.5 million readymade garments workers receive their wages under the digitalised system, while another 2.6 million workers are set to join them.

...the government and the private sector committed to working together to solve the challenges in ensuring all garment factories pay their workers digitally...

Shifting to digital payments benefits both employers and employees, while promoting stronger business relationships.

...Huq said everything like overtime payment and leave will also be digitalised. Under the digital wage system, they would be able to take loans from banks...

In the statement, the minister said there has already been a huge change in the garment sector in terms of payment of salaries. The Bangladesh Bank, in coordination with related industries, has greatly contributed to this change. At this point, it is necessary to raise the financial literacy of the garment workers to implement the payment system.

...He said the government is working on three important areas to digitalise public and private services: verifiable digital identification card, digital payment platform, and interoperable framework...

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